Napoli dominated Cagliari en-route to a 5-0 victory at the Stadio Sant’Elia on Sunday afternoon.
Napoli Captain Marek Hamsik scored a goal and recorded three assists in the victory. Hamsik spoke to Radio Kiss Kiss Italia after the match. The hosts said it was too hard to pick a man-of-the-match from the game since everyone played well.
“You’re right, it was hard to pick one that was the best today. It was a team win, we all had a great performance.”
Hamsik answered the question of how it feels to be the captain of a team that is playing so well:
“It’s been two years that we are playing great football. There’s been a few games that we did not win and those hurt us a bit, but seeing the latest performances, the real Napoli is returning. Sometimes we lack mental strength, but today at 2-0, we continued to play and closed the game with more goals.”
Hamsik passed Cavani’s goal total for Napoli, achieving his 105th career Napoli goal in the game. Radio Kiss Kiss Italia reminded Hamsik that he’s approaching club legend Diego Maradona’s goal record and asked if this was his best season yet.
“I don’t know, we’re not even at the halfway point yet. I’m having fun, I’m enjoying the football we are playing and this moment.”
The captain answered a question of whether or not Napoli plays with a false nine or true nine. The question resulted from Napoli’s current goal standing, which is more than last year at this point of the season.
“We are an offensive team. We are able to find goals with ease, but our defense is also remains very important.”
Napoli Manager Maurizio Sarri made fives changes to the lineup compared to the one in Lisbon midweek. Radio Kiss Kiss Italia wanted to know from Hamsik what it means for the future of the partenopei to have a larger squad.
“Having a big squad is very important. During the season injuries and fatigue can happen, and those who play less are proving to always be ready.”
Monday marks the draw for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match-ups. Hamsik said he’s proud that Napoli will be a part of the knockout round.
“I’ll watch it live. It’s beautiful that Napoli is there along with 15 other very strong teams.”
Hamsik has scored five goals for in the Serie A to go along with six assists.
Napoli will play Torino in their next Serie A match on Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Stadio San Paolo.